Mayor Catherine Pugh’s recent plan to offer free community college for all Baltimore public high school students continues to gather momentum. Her original announcement was included in her August anti-crime plan, surprising many in attendance.
The estimated operating cost of the program will be 1.7 million dollars in the first year, according to the state’s legislative services department. This will jump to 3.4 million the following year. Despite the seemingly high costs, analysts are not too concerned, seeing it as a drop in the bucket of the nearly 3 billion dollar operating budget.